Blagojevich to resume testifying for 3rd day

CHICAGO (AP) — Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is set to return to the witness stand for a third day at his political corruption retrial, which is now heading into its fifth week of testimony.

He’s expected to talk further Tuesday about allegations that he attempted to shake down executives for campaign donations by threatening state decisions that could hurt their businesses.

One widely anticipated topic is how he addresses the allegation that he sought to sell or trade President Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat for a high-profile job or large campaign donations. He’ll likely try to explain what he may have meant in secretly recorded conversations about benefiting from his power to appoint someone to the seat.

Blagojevich denies wrongdoing. He was convicted in his first trial of lying to the FBI.

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